An Evening of Art   

Sunday, October 12 @ JAIME’S from 5 – 8 pm

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The Transylvania Community Arts Council will host a fall fundraiser on Sunday, October 12 entitled  “Chair-ity” Transformed: An Evening of Art. The event will be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the new restaurant, JAIME’S, located inside the Old Grover’s Building at 44 East Main Street. Tickets are only $55 and are on sale now at Number 7 Arts on Main St. and at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard (TC Arts Council).

Tickets bearers receive heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Jaime Hernandez, two glasses of wine from Broad Street Wines or craft beer from Brevard Brewing. There will be live artist demonstrations, and silent and live auctions. The silent auction includes artwork, chairs and more. Keith Dragt, co-owner of Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques is our (trained) guest auctioneer and will sell off a juried selection of chairs and furniture.

Jaime’s menu for this special evening includes; delectable duck & andouille sausage gumbo, jambalaya with cajun rice, New Orleans barbecue shrimp & grits, a carving station, jumbo lump crabmeat ravigote, his famous crawfish cheesecake with a cheese & charcuterie display. For dessert, there will be scrumptious white chocolate bread pudding with white chocolate sauce & raspberries, baked brie en croute with bourbon caramel & fresh berries and petite fours.

Start shopping the chairs that have been transformed by local artists now while they are displayed throughout downtown Brevard and the surrounding area and look in the shop windows. Merchants that donated window space so far are: United Community Bank, Blue Ridge Bakery, The Grateful Dog, Brevard Painting and Decorating Center. Local Color, Broad Street Wines, Rocky’s Grill & Soda Shop, D.D. Bullwinkel’s, Be-Boutique, Moose Tracks, Ginger M Salon, Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques, Roost, Fox Hollow, Mountain Quilts, Spice it to a Tea, Proper Pot, Drew Deane Gallery, Red Wolf Gallery, Number 7 Arts Gallery, Lilly T’s, Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, Cherry Tree, Pink Flamingo, Underground Salvage, Theophilus, Kiwi Gelato, Baby Ink, Main Street Ltd., and Pure Pets. They will also be online at tcarts.org, click on Chair Auction.

Generous local artists have donated their time and talent to transform these chairs into artwork; Christine Kosiba, Drew Deane, Ellen Stinchcomb, Kenson Thompson, Becky Young, BJ Winchester, Katy Rosenberg, Isabelle Von Losch, Mike Tiddy, Adrienne Casteen, Donna Allstaedt, Donna Hunter, Kitty Edwards, Lori Roberts, Margo Evans, Barbara Burkhart, Sacha Barnett, Elaine Bailey, Donna Ross, Tom McGow, Kay Tiddy, Barbara Hawk, Russell Newton, Jacki Walker, Sheri Walters, Barbara Bowers, Penny Mann, Lisa Fraker, Linda Lube, Lin Cotton, Ea Dossey, Francine Menor, Donna Rickard, Elizabeth Colvin, Carol Jerome Moorman, Ammie Orr, Sue Giordano, Cynthia Zimmerman, Amber Steed, Rose Camp, Cora Nivers, Transylvania Vocational Services and more.

Silent auction items have been donated by local artists and businesses. Donators include: Pure Pets, Healthy Harvest, Oskar Blues, Be Boutique, Suzie Knapp, Brian Kuehn, Joe Bruneau, Elda Brown, Madelene Gozansky, Carlene Jerome, Melissa Kooker, Rose Haynes, Nancy Rosenthal, Dian Magie, Tom McGow, Francine Menor, Barbara Sammons, Sharyn Fogel, Ann Zelle, Nancy Shoemaker, Paula Poad, Carol Moorman, Amber Steed, Lucy Rodes, Paul Thomas, Hugh Tucker, Russell Newton and many more.

Major Event Sponsors include:  Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques, Steve Owen & Associates, Broad Street Wines, Brevard Brewing, Lynne C. Joyce – Leadership First, Co. and Jaime’s Restaurant located at 44 East Main Street. Business Sponsors include: United Community Bank, Sunset Motel, Highland Books, The Grateful Dog, Number 7 Arts, Theophilus, Brevard Insurance, Ginger M Salon, Roost, Fox Hollow, and Ernie’s Rock Shop, and local artist Sacha Barnett.

Organizers and committee members for the event include: Lori Roberts, Molly Jenkins, Paul Thomas, Margo Evans, Suzie Knapp, Hesper Dickson, Joe Bruneau, Lynne C. Joyce, and Kristin Kilpatrick.

The TC Arts Council is a non-profit organization that promotes all ARTS in Brevard & Transylvania County. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard.  For more information call TC Arts at 828-884-2787 or check out tcarts.org – click on Chair Auction.



Good Friend Dog Stool

Good Friend Dog Stool – Sacha Barnett

Folk City Caned Chair by Evans

Folk City Caned Chair by Margo Evans

Red Engine Rocker by Stinchcomb

Red Engine Rocker by Ellen Stinchcomb


Hare Chair by Christine Kosiba

Hare Chair by Christine Kosiba





Current Exhibit from September 26 thru October 17

New Works by Shellie Lewis-Dambax & George Peterson

Shellie Lewis-Dambax is a visual artist working as a painter and mixed media artist. Her work has shown in the following galleries: Red Wolf Gallery – Brevard, NC, Atelier Gallery – Charleston, SC, Allison Sprock Fine Art Gallery – Charlotte, NC and the Watson Gallery – Atlanta, GA. Lewis-Dambax says of her process, “My work is a direct reflection of my mood and emotional state. I have an obsession to paint. The Act of creating is also a struggle for me that opens a new conversation and awareness within myself. The process of my paintings begin with writing, sketching randomly and rhythmically, applying various marks and splotches of paint, then I apply and remove paint to reveal images, developing them to my liking. This process may take hours or weeks to complete. I paint, construct and explore new means to create works that I desire to be emotional and authentic. Each encounter and creation of art adds meaning to my life and is essential to my sanity. I seek to explore my humaness through my art in hopes to connect to others. My work is a struggle.” To learn more about her artwork go to shellielewisdambax.com.

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George Peterson’s artwork stems from wood. You may have seen his wooden bowls in photos of the Oval Office. His work has appeared in galleries and exhibits across the country including: Red Wolf Gallery – Brevard, NC, the Smithsonian Craft Show – Washington, DC, del Mano Gallery – Los Angeles, CA, The Copper Fox Gallery, Lafontsee Gallery in Michigan, and SOFA in Chicago. Peterson says of his process: “I channel a lot of destructive energy into my art. I love to scar, break and burn the wood.  I’ll carve with a chainsaw, ax, chisels, fire….anything.  If it sounds a bit destructive it’s because it is. it stems right from punk rock and wanting to express myself in a basic and direct way– Breaking things can be so satisfying, and if you channel that into a piece of art, you can get a constructive, creative result. But that is just the first part.  After that, layers of color and polish are added and parts are rejoined with stitching and steel. The forms, colors and textures are carefully and deliberately considered until the work comes together.” To learn more about his work go to www.circlefactory.com.

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Drawing From the Human Form 

Artwork by Ben Long – James Daniel – Angela Cunningham

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Pottery Classes Added for Fall

FAMILY CLAY                                                                                                                      

Saturday’s August 30, September 13, October 11, November 1, November 22                         

9 am – 11 am

Mountain Roots, Inc will lead this pottery program for families called Family Clay on certain Saturday mornings. See dates listed above. The class runs from 9 am—11 am. It takes place at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. Cost is $40 per participant and children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required.  There needs to be a minimum of 4 participants for this class to be held. To register call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787. For questions about the program email Mountain Roots, Inc. ali@mountainroots.org.

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TRY POTTERY for Adults 15+                                                                                             Saturday Evenings 6 pm – 8 pm
August 30 – wheel throwing, September 13 – hand building, October 11 – wheel throwing, November 1 – hand building, November 22 – wheel throwing

Mountain Roots, Inc will lead this pottery program for adults (15+) on Saturday, evenings from 6-8 pm. Classes takes place at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. Cost is $40 per participant. There needs to be a minimum of 4 participants for this class to be held. Reservations are required. To register call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787. For questions about the program email Mountain Roots, Inc. ali@mountainroots.org.

Pottery Independent Study presented by Mountain Roots, Inc at TC Arts Council

Wednesdays 6-9 pm & Sundays 1-5 pm

September 3 – 28  & October 5-29

Mountain Roots, Inc will host this Pottery Independent Study program from September 3 – 28. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 6- 9 pm and Sundays from 1–5 pm at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. Cost for the program is $110 per person plus the cost of clay. There needs to be a minimum of 4 participants for this class to be held. Mountain Roots, Inc will offer this program again on October 5 – 29. To register call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787. For questions about the program email Mountain Roots, Inc. ali@mountainroots.org.    


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Makin’ A Difference Monday at Oskar Blues for the TC Arts Council

On Monday, August 18 the TC Arts Council will partner with Oskar Blues Brewery for their Makin’ A Difference Monday. 10% of the beer sales on August 18 from 12 noon – 8 pm from the taproom will benefit the TC Arts Council. From 5 pm – 8 pm there will be artists demonstrations, kids art activities, an open mountain music jam and a food truck on site with 3 Suns Bistro.

Stop by Oskar Blues and have a beer!!!  They are located just off Old Hendersonville Hwy at 342 Mountain Industrial Dr. Brevard, NC 28712   http://brew.oskarblues.com/breweries/brevard/



New Exhibit Announced  – The Artwork of Carol MacAllister & Judith Duff

The Transylvania Community Arts Council has partnered with local Brevard artists Carol MacAllister and Judith Duff for this exhibit. MacAllister will unveil her new intuitive free-flowing abstract paintings and Duff will showcase her pottery at the TC Arts Council from July 25 – August 15. The public is invited to a reception on Friday, July 25 during Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

The gallery is open Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. For more information call 884-2787.

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Photos courtesy Tom McGow

And the winners for the 2014 Duck Race are:

1st Place Connor & Aaron Donnelley

2nd Place Loretta Kilpatrick

3rd Place Nancy Knight

4th Place Christian Rosenberg

5th Place Jacolyn Vidrine or Vidrine

6th Place Linda Mullins

7th Place Cindy Roach

8th Place Lauren Case

9th Place Earl Ward

Last Place Lucky Duck    Jacolyn Vidrine or Vidrine

Thank you to the sponsors: Comporium, Transylvania Times, City of Brevard, Think It Studio, Sunset Motel, St. Marie Financial, Brevard College, DD Bullwinkel’s, Rocky’s Grill, Number 7 Arts, Blue Ridge Bakery, Theophilus, Locals, and the NC Arts Council.

Winners of the sponsor race were:

1st Place Sunset Motel

2nd Place Transylvania Times

3rd Place City of Brevard

4th Place Think It Studio

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Winners Announced for the 10th Annual White Squirrel Photo Contest

WS photo contest Nuttiest Ruth Cech WS photo contest 1st place Vickie McCall Carpenter WS photo contest 2nd place Margaret Howard WS photo contest 3rd place Tom McGow

The Transylvania Community Arts Council has partnered with the White Squirrel Festival this year to sponsor the White Squirrel Photography Contest. More than 25 images were entered and the judges have cast their votes. And the Winner is . . .

First Place Photo: Vickie McCall Carpenter  – “A Smile For You”

Second Place Photo: Margaret Howard – “Snow Time”

Third Place Photo:  Tom McGow – “Manning His Post”

People’s Choice Award:  Ruth Cech – “Good Grief”

Honorable Mentions:

Jack Christfield – “Squaring Off”

Ruth Cech – “Almond Joy”

Frank Hawkins – “White Squirrel”

Steve Woodsmall – “Unega”

Joyce Ashworth – “I Love Springtime”

Nuttiest Photo: Ruth Cech – “Good Grief”

Photographs entered into the photo competition are currently on display at the TC Arts Council as part of their animal exhibit entitled Walk on the Wild Side – animals in art. The winning photos can be seen downtown during the White Squirrel Festival from May 23  – 25 in the window at Raw 44 Juice Bar located at 44 East Main Street inside the Old Grover’s building. Or stop by the TC Arts Council from Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm to see the photos and the animal exhibit now thru May 30. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. For more information call 828-884-2787.


Winners Announced for the 2014 TC Arts Youth Performing Arts Talent Competition

Grand Champion for the Finals: Claire Griffin wins Grand Champion  Friday night at the TC Arts Youth Performing Arts Talent Competition. L to R: Rick Slone - Executive Planners, NC, Claire Griffin - Grand Champion,  and Lori Roberts - Emcee for the evening.

The Transylvania Community Arts Council and Executive Planners, NC is proud to announce the winners of the TC Arts Youth Performing Arts Talent Competition that was held Friday night at Brevard Little Theatre. Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “It was a fun evening filled with 21 youth from Transylvania County singing, playing instruments, acting and dancing. I am so proud to work with this group of talented young people. Its amazing watching them learn and grow and improve each year.”Taking top honors in the 10 – 13 year old category: 1st Place: Madeline Dierauf – fiddle; 2nd Place: Greta Cullipher – singing; 3rd Place: – Brooklyn Rising – singing. The winners for the 14 – 17 year old category were: 1st Place: Claire Griffin – singing, dancing and acting; 2nd Place: Sarah & Maya Borhaug – comedy skit; 3rd Place: Madeline Lefler – singing. And the Grand Champion for the evening was Claire Griffin with her rendition of “Ring Them Belles.”

Talent finals 10 - 13 year olds L to R: Brooklyn Rising - 3rd Place, Greta Cullipher - 2nd Place and Madeline Dierauf - 1st Place

TC Arts Council and Executive Planners, NC would like to thank the following judges for working the finals: Marla Cilley, Stan Moress, Faith Quesenberry-Malloy, Jennifer Merrell, Don DeBiase, Sammy Kicklighter and Ann Sharpsteen. A special thank you goes to our judges that worked with the kids during auditions to improve their performances: Jennifer Merrell, Tammy Hopkins, Ann Sharpsteen and Don DeBiase. The Emcee for the finals was the ever funny and entertaining Lori Roberts and helping her backstage was Betsy Langston, Bob Stacy, Paula Wesley, and Matt Sharpsteen. Helping TC Arts Council to coordinate this event was Ann Sharpsteen and Rick Slone of Executive Planners, NC.

Talent Finals 14 - 17 years old  L to R: Madeline Lefler - 3rd place, Maya & Sarah Borhaug - 2nd Place  and 1st place Claire Griffin.

TC Arts Council would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting this program: Executive Planners, NC, Comporium, Wells Fargo, WSQL Radio, Transylvania Times, Betsy Barefoot & John Gardner, Brevard Little Theatre, Big Mike’s Pizza, Brevard Piano, www.IloveBrevardBlog.com and LaPetite Travel. All proceeds from this event go to support the TC Arts Council’s youth art programs from Arts in Schools, to scholarships to Summer Art Camp and Pottery Camp.

Kid’s Campaign Launches

Hice ResidencyThe Transylvania Community Arts Council believes that strong arts programs in schools are essential for all students. Unfortunately, due to major cutbacks in government funding and grant cuts TCArts faces the possibility of having to scale back its arts in schools programming.

For this reason, and in celebration and continuing support of 28+ years of Arts-in-Schools programming, TCArts is launching its 2013/ 2014 Arts-in-Schools Kids Campaign.

To donate contact Tammy at TC Arts: 828-884-2787.

Ad jpeg Support the ArtsArts Industry Returns $671,000 in Revenue to Local and State Coffers

Brevard, NC – Transylvania County was one of 182 study groups representing all 50 states and Washington DC that participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study to determine the economic impact of the arts in our county. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. The Transylvania Community Arts Council spearheaded this study in our county.

Nationally, the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study reveals that the nonprofit arts and culture industry produced $135.2 billion in economic activity during FY2010. This spending–$61.1 billion by nonprofit arts and culture organizations plus an additional $74.1 billion by their audiences—supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs and generated $22.3 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues.

“This study shines a much needed light on the vital role that arts play in stimulating and sustaining economic development,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Contrary to popular belief, the arts are a bustling industry that supports a plethora of diverse jobs, generates significant revenues for local businesses, federal, state and local governments and provides quality of life that positions communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy.”

The State of North Carolina was one of 10 state regions in this study. It ranked 3rd behind the States of Illinois and Pennsylvania producing $1.2 billion in nonprofit arts and culture expenditures, supported 43,605 full-time equivalent jobs and generated $119 million in local and state revenues.

In Transylvania County, 14 of the participating Arts and Culture nonprofits generated $8,600,000 in annual economic activity—supporting 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $671,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study.

According to the study, these participating Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent $4,366,000 during fiscal year 2010. This spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars, in turn, generated $4,909,000 in household income for local residents and $671,000 in local and state government revenues. And all of this was in an economic down year. The economic comparisons between 2005, the last time this study was done, and 2010 showed unemployment up, consumer confidence down foreclosures up, local attendees down, recreation, entertainment, shopping, tourism, food & beverage all down in 2010.

Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “$8,600,000 in annual economic activity, that’s a big number. However this number is the economic impact of just 14 of our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations. This study only included the nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the county. It did not include any of the for-profit organizations such as the art galleries, art businesses, artists and musicians in the community. Imagine how big the ARTS economic impact number would be if they were all included.”

Paula Wesley, who spearheaded this study for the Transylvania Community Arts Council, said, “It took a lot of cooperation from the arts and culture organizations, donors and volunteers to do this study. During this study, we discovered that Transylvania County has 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, 24 art galleries and 59 arts and cultural related businesses putting on 262 art events a year. Not bad for a town with under 50,000 population! And even with only 14 of our 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations participating in this study, we ranked 8th in the country among our study group of 19 with populations under 50,000.”

And nonprofits depend heavily on their volunteers. The study showed that in Transylvania County the 14 participating arts and culture organizations reported 1680 volunteers contributed 34,820 donated hours representing a value of $743,733.

Arts Industry Boon for Local Businesses

In addition to spending by organizations, the Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture industry leverages $4,194,000 in event-related spending by its audiences. As a result of attending a cultural event, attendees often eat dinner in local restaurants, pay for parking, buy gifts and souvenirs, and pay a babysitter. What’s more, attendees from out of town often stay overnight in a local hotel. In Transylvania County, these dollars support 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $671,000 in local and state government revenues.

The study also showed that residents spent an average of $15 per event where as no-residents spent an average of $47 at the same event. 59.4% of our attendees said this event was their primary purpose for the trip to Transylvania County. In addition, 51.3% of Transylvania County residents reported that they would have traveled to a different community in order to attend a similar cultural event and 65.9% of non-residents reported the same. According to the report, this shows that “if a community does not provide a variety of artistic and cultural experiences, it will fail to attract the new dollars of cultural tourists. It will also lose the discretionary spending of its local residents who will travel elsewhere to experience the arts.”

Linda A. Carlisle, the state’s cultural resources secretary, said in a news release that the study shows “that an investment in the arts is an investment in a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue and is one of the cornerstones of tourism.” Wayne Martin, executive director of the NC Arts Council, said the study highlights the fact that arts organizations are businesses. “They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from within the community, are members of the Chamber of Commerce…and are key participants in marketing their cities and regions.”

TC Arts Council cannot thank enough the following individuals who made this study possible by their financial support and encouragement: Nick Bayne, RCG Realty; Bruce & Sandy Kirkman; Joe Bruneau, Number 7 Fine Arts & Crafts Cooperative; Joan VanOrman & Sue Hershey, Bluewood Photography; Mike Kanan, Exit Realty; Madrid Zimmerman, Heart of Brevard; John Gardner & Betsy Barefoot; Mark Burrows, Economic Development; Tourism Development Authority; Tammy Hopkins, TC Arts Council; and last, but not least John Felty, Looking Glass Entertainment.

Special recognition and appreciation is paid to John Felty for his participation in this study because at every event he organized at the Porter Center he encouraged the audience to take the survey and support the arts. His efforts allowed the TC Arts Council to reach the survey goal for the year.

Wesley also recognized her lead surveyor, Beth Sumner, Manager at Elements Spa for giving up week nights and weekends to help her survey the cultural audiences. Several other volunteers assisted with the surveys throughout the year as well. They are Julia Batliner, Dee Whinnery, Cindy Roach, Paul Thomas, Don Bieger and Dan Donofrio.

Wesley said, “Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. They have conducted hundreds of similar economic impact studies in all 50 states. Their methodology is so sound that their economic impact data is used consistently by the Congressional Arts Caucus on the floor of the US House of Representatives to support federal arts funding.”

The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted by Americans for the arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts’ local, regional, and statewide project partners contributed both time and financial support to the study. The full text of the national statistical report is available at www.Americansforthearts.org/economicimpact . Research Partners who endorse this study are: the United States Conference of Mayors, Business Civic Leadership Center, National Association of Counties, Grantmakers in the Arts, Destination Marketing Association International, CECP (an international forum of business CEO’s), National League of Cities and The Conference Board.

For more information call Paula Wesley or Tammy Hopkins at the TC Arts Council 828-884-2787 or go to www.tcarts.org. To pick up a study packet stop by the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. To learn more about the ARTS of Brevard and Transylvania County go to www.artsofbrevard.org.

Click here to download the Arts & Economic Prosperity Report

Click here to download the Summary of Economic Impact Findings

Why Arts Programming is Essential for Young Students

·         Art helps students make new connections and think “outside the box.”

·         Expression in the arts helps students develop cognitive and physical skills.

·         Each art form brings special ways of perceiving the world, utilizing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

·         The arts help transform the school environment to one of discovery and learning.

·         Art criticism helps students develop observation and analytical skills that can be transferred to other areas of study.

·         The arts are essential to an understanding of personal, local, national and global cultures, past and present.

Artwork from the Transylvania County Student Art Show
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In Western NC, Creativity Means Business
Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, artists, creative workers, entrepreneurs and businesses producing innovative products make up the Creative Economy. The Creative Industry supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is a cornerstone of tourism. With a nationally competitive market for creative employment, new talent and skilled workers continue to be drawn to western N.C. The nonprofit arts and culture sector alone is a $140 million industry in western N. C.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Jobs
More than 14,000 people in western N.C. have jobs in creative occupations, and the number is increasing every year. Creative sector jobs in western N.C. increased 6 percent from 2010 to 2011. Cultural programs draw new talent and keep skilled workers. Counties with higher proportions of workers in arts-related occupations are more likely to retain current residents and attract new ones. And the presence of creative workers is strongly associated with rising household incomes.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Growing Economies
The rich cultural traditions in craft and music are sustainable place-based economic development opportunities that cannot be outsourced. These traditions attract thousands of visitors, investors and potential residents to the region who spend money each day for authentic experiences. Audience members from outside the region at nonprofit arts and culture programs spend an average of nearly $60 per person in the community beyond the cost of the event. All nonprofit cultural audiences spend $60.7 million a year. Nonprofit arts organizations contribute $79 million to the western N.C. economy each year. Together, nonprofit arts groups and their audiences return more than $6 million in annual revenue to local governments.

For more information on how the Creative Economy fuels North Carolina’s economy, visit the North Carolina Arts Council’s Creative Economy Portal at www.ncarts.org/creative_economy
2011 data compiled by The North Carolina Arts Council, part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

Transylvania Community Arts Council
349 South Caldwell Street
Brevard, North Carolina 28712
828-884-ARTS (2787) 

Gallery Hours – Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Directions to Transylvania Community Arts Center/Council.